Address to the Nation on
"My Government will strive hard to make India a global Information Technology power specifically, make India one of the largest generators and exporters of software in the world within ten years;"
"We need to make the
use of Information Technology a national campaign. My
Government has set up a Task Force that will prepare the
draft of a comprehensive National Informatics Policy. It
will also recommend an appropriate institutional
mechanism to implement it as a national mission.
Address at the
"Towards this end, the Prime Ministers Office will directly monitor all projects capitalized at more than Rs. One hundred crores each in the areas of power, roads and bridges, dams and irrigation, telecommunication, oil and energy, railways, ports and airports.
Information technology is an area of special importance. It has already revolutionised the world. No country can hope to develop global competitivencess if it ignores information technology.
This is one area where India can quickly establish global dominance. India can be fully competitive in this area with tremendous pay-offs in terms of income generation and creation of high quality jobs.
This area also provides an alternative, attainable opportunity to Indian business and industry to become software czars. Just three Indian companies, not exactly household names, have today a market capitalisation of Rupees Thirteen thousand crores. And all are also aggressively exporting.
In this connection, I invite specific suggestions from trade and industry for removing any bottlenecks in the way of faster growth of the InfoTech industry.
In the National Agenda, we have pledged to make India a software superpower. Within the next 30 days, we will set up a National Information Technology Tast Force , which will formulate a draft National Informatics Policy."